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Obama Sends Congress Record 44.1 Trillion 2017 Spending Plan

The budget will be released Tuesday morning, the same day as the New Hampshire primary when it's likely to get little attention

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    President Barack Obama speaks at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016.

    President Barack Obama is sending Congress his eighth and final budget, proposing to spend a record $4.1 trillion on a number of initiatives. They include launching a new war on cancer, combating global warming and fighting growing threats from ISIS terrorists.

    The new spending plan, for the budget year that begins Oct. 1 — just 3½ months before he leaves office — is facing heavy fire from Republicans who hope to capture the White House. The proposal had dim prospects of winning approval in a Republican-controlled Congress.

    In all, Obama's budget would increase taxes by $2.6 trillion over the coming decade, nearly double the $1.4 trillion in new taxes Obama sought and failed to achieve in last year's budget.

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